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Sister [Paperback]

Rosamund Lupton
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Book Description

2 Sep 2010

Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...

When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.

The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942014
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosamund Lupton was a screenwriter for many years before writing her first novel - 'Sister' . It was the winner of Richard & Judy's bookclub 2010 and broadcast on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. It was one of Amazon's fiction top ten picks for 2010 and the fastest selling debut in the history of WH Smith. It was published in the USA on 7th June and was picked by the New York Times review of books as well as receiving critical acclaim in a wide variety of other national media. Her second novel 'Afterwards' was published on 9th June in the UK and in its first week of sales went into the Sunday Times best seller list and has had widespread critical acclaim.
She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Voted the number one choice in Richard and Judy's Book Club 2010
Chosen for Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
'Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, SISTER exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide' Jeffrey Deaver
'Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford, anyone? Lupton's debut is an exceptionally confident domestic gothic also packs a devastating punch' Guardian
'With SISTER, Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench. Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story's brutal denouement, but also around the personalities . . . Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, SISTER provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon' New York Times
Original, spooky and clever, this thriller is utterly compelling' Closer
'Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I've read all year. The suspense crackles, and the twists come thick and fast, but more than that it has a touching poignancy that brings tears to your eyes . . .Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier, it s devastatingly good, and announces the arrival if a truly original talent' Daily Mail
'This sophisticated psychological thriller is brilliantly written and utterly gripping' You Magazine, Mail Online
'Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre s more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track' Independent
'Beautifully written -- you believe every word' Judy Finnegan, Woman's Own
'Tense, gripping and a total page-turner' Richard Madeley, Woman's Own
'A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story' Booklist
'This superb debut novel has so many twists and turns as to cause dizziness -- it's the literary equivalent of 'scream if you want to go faster' -- and just when you think things are slowing down to a peaceful, settled resolution, there's one more stomach-churning final turn in store' Radio Times
'A heart-tugging, tense mystery . . . It is very good' Bookseller
'Lupton's classy debut is a welcome and exciting addition to the genre' The Lady
'Fast-paced and absurdly entertaining . . . Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty' Boston Globe
'A psychological murder mystery written with literary flair . . . Be prepared for page-turning' Vanity --Red

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What would you do if your sister disappeared without a trace? This is an emotionally fraught and at some times terrifying story about two sisters and the strength that binds them.

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162 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 21 Feb 2011
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This book belongs to one of my favourite genres (psychological thriller with a twist) and so, because I read so many, I am particularly fussy. Well, I could not have been more pleased with it. It has absolutely captured me from the very first line to the very last one. An engaging read written in letter form, from a sister to another.

Beatrice lives in New York with her fiancé. Her mother rings her up one day delivering shattering news: her younger sister Tess has vanished. The ties between sisters are very strong despite the geographical distance and of course Beatrice hops on the first plane out to London. The circumstances of Tess' disappearance are multi-layered with obscure details and Beatrice is determined to find Tess no matter what. Little does she know, boarding that plane, of the journey she will have to face, uncovering some horrible, painful and frightening facts that will forever change everybody's life.

This book deserves a high praise because it is not only engaging, it has a certain psychological depth that is seldom felt on fast-paced reads, no matter how entertaining. The vocabulary is stylish and cultured and it perfectly conveys emotions and feelings, entwined with the chilly, suspenseful atmosphere that permeates the story. It also defines the deep, deep love between the two sisters. Piercingly touching.

Thumbs up for debut writer Rosamund Lupton!
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220 of 237 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Wonderful Debut Novel 10 Sep 2010
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This book is one of the best detective stories I have ever read. It is a story about an older sister trying to find out what happened to her younger sister whilst reflecting on how much we ever really know someone.

The pace is fast, it is a cliche but this book deserves the accolade a real page-turner. On her quest to find the truth Beatrice finds herself retracing Tess's steps meeting and suspecting everyone Tess has been in contact with.

The best thing about this book was that it kept you turning right to the very last page.

I would recommend this book to everyone, simply fantastic and I hope Rosumund Lupton has more to show us.
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172 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thriller debut 2 Sep 2010
Taught plotting, moving story and wonderful characterisation. SISTER is a nuanced and gripping read. As Beatrice takes the first flight home from New York upon learning of her sister's disappearance we follow her down the rabbit hole of her sister's life. As Beatrice starts to pull together the strands of Tess's life she becomes mired in the same danger and could well face the same consequences. What is most powerful about this story is the writer's understanding of what we will do for love and what extremes we will go to to protect and avenge those closest to us. For anyone with a sister, brother, parent or child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a genuine page-turner and I read it over the space of two or three days on a business trip. The premise is different and the concept of somone looking into the events of a sibling's life with real scrutiny is a good one.

I liked both Beatrice and Tess and although their characters were exaggeratedly different, those differences were important and worthwhile to the plot.

It is hard to say too much about the book without giving things away, but I would say that I found it unusually touching for what was essentially a thriller and have to admit to shedding a tear more than once in different parts of the book.

Unfortunately I did find myself questioning cetrain parts where timings seemed inconsistent or Beatrice's perception of other people seemed to be far too asstute for someone who was obviously so emotionally stunted.

I also disliked the ending and the new slant this is supposed to give us on the whole book. I have thought about this a good deal since finishing the book and just can't make sense of it. The cynic in me thinks that the editor may have found the original version too like a simplistic screenplay and convinced the debut novellist to invent a more interesting, but to my mind, unecessary and unconvincing twist with which to end. I think the Q & A at the end of the book hints at this when the author says " I think you have to know what's important to you about your book, but also take it on the chin what has to be re-written, however drastically..."

So, how about an author's version of the novel with the ending you wanted Rosamund?
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars overrated 6 Jan 2011
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I bought this on the strength of generally good reviews and
the (very low) Amazon price. I did manage to read it to the end, but put the book down with a sense of irritation. The 'twist' at the end feels contrived and unconvincing. The confused authorial voice renders the plot convoluted & difficult to follow. The characterisation is poor, and I couldn't really bring myself to care about most of the characters, with the possible exception of the Polish girl.
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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly four stars 8 Nov 2010
Like many other reviewers, I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this novel. It was exciting (not thrilling, but exciting is enough for me), the character of Beatrice believable and sympathetic, the idea original. But oh dear! That "twist"! It was a terrible let-down. A twist is fine - in fact, often it's a good device - but it must never leave the reader feeling cheated, as this one did. It rendered much of the novel valueless and unauthentic, and, I think, spoilt the novel as a whole. This is such a shame, because the novel has the makings of a really excellent read. The sad thing is that I suspect it was the twist that (at least partly) gave the writer the idea in the first place. But it simply didn't work for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary, dull, dire
Each to his own, but really I do not understand the positive reviews for this tedious clunker of a novel. I felt like I was driving a car with a wheel missing and the handbrake on. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mister T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but grim whodunnit
Wow, this is a rather bleak tale that really draws you in to the mysterious disappearance of a woman's sister in London in the 1980s, with its gritty bedsits, art students and... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Lilac Hell
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosalind touches on the raw emotions of grief,and entwined it with...
this book will keep you guessing to the very end . the descriptive writing is easy to follow and enjoyable to read.
Published 21 days ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read
I accidently bought this book twice. It was so good that I actually read it twice (which is something I don't usually do)
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Sieczko
4.0 out of 5 stars Good twist at the end
A great read. Well written and easy to follow. I like a book that makes me think after I have finished reading it and this book did just that!
Published 1 month ago by WeddingBox Venice
3.0 out of 5 stars slow but interesting
Ok holiday read but wasn't gripping - I nearly gave up but continued as I wanted to know what happened in the end. Good ending but too slow for me!
Published 2 months ago by Manuela Kinghorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Humour and Sadness
very well written and interesting. I enjoyed reading this book. I will be looking for more books by this author.
Published 2 months ago by MRS J E CHAPMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This was just the most wonderful book that I have read in a long time. I just could not put it down
Published 3 months ago by Diane Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read
This book is about an older sister (Beatrice) searching for her missing younger sister (Tess).

A detective story with a difference. Its a real page turner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luberon Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read - Highly Recommend
I loved this book. Rosamund's voice hit out at me from the very start as being uniquely individual, and the story unwinds in such a way as to keep you riveted from start to finish. Read more
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